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Fall Inspired Art For Under $50.00

A new art print for your walls is a great way to begin transitioning your decorating into the current season. It can be the inspiration piece to pull together a warm, welcoming look for the cooler months ahead.

Here is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to get started. I’ve put together prints from five talented artists who’s amazing work can be hanging on your walls for under $50.00!

You can kick start your seasonal room make-over with as little as one new art print. Just use the color combinations in your new art piece as your palette for coordinating other accessories in the room; pillows, rugs, warm textured throws and candles. And there you have it! You’ve turned your room into a cozy, inviting Fall retreat without spending a ton of money.

One of my favorite things about blogging is getting to share and celebrate my favorite artists with you. I love searching Etsy and other art inspired websites for talented artists and crafts people. Creativity cultivates beauty and inspiration in our lives. In addition, supporting the arts is a win-win situation. With that in mind, have a look through this post and I hope you find that perfect new Fall image to hang on your wall. Welcome to our first addition of Art Finds from Farmhouse Soul.

 Swallowfield on Etsy, Jennifer Judd-Mcgee

Fall For Your Walls-Art Finds on Farmhouse Soul “Seeds To Blooms”– $18.00

 Open edition matte archival print of Jennifer’s mixed media collage

called from seeds to blooms.

 Fall For Your Walls-Art Finds from Farmhouse Soul blog“Brown Vase”– $18.00

This is a signed, open edition matte archival print of Jennifer’s drawing called brown vase,

which has been colored by hand and then digitally manipulated it.

 

About The Artist-

Jennifer Judd-Mcgee is an artist of many talents. Her mediums include illustration, mixed media, paper cutting, laser cutting and engraving.

After studying art at College of the Atlantic, Jennifer worked in women’s health care and did art for fun in her spare time.

In 2006, spending time with her children doing art projects inspired her to start drawing and collaging more. Within a year, after encourament and support from her friends, Jennifer quit her job and opened an Etsy shop. That courageous choice to follow her heart and embrace a creative lifestyle has proven to be a very positive move for this successful Etsy artist.

Besides her popularity on Etsy, Jennifer Judd-Mcgee also exhibits her original work in galleries. She continues to do a few craft fairs annually. Additionally, she has expanded into wholesale accounts and art licensing deals as well as freelance editorial work.

Jennifer also opened a brick & mortar shop in Northeast Harbor, Maine in 2006. If you are in the neighborhood it’s a definite must see! 104 Maine Street, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662.

You can read more about this wonderful artist and keep up with her latest happenings on her websites –

Blog-

http://jenniferjuddmcgee.com/x/news/

Swallowfield on Etsy-

https://www.etsy.com/shop/swallowfield

 

 This Is All I Know on Etsy, Amanda Blake

Fall For Your Walls-Art Finds From Farmhouse Soul“She Gave Them Everything” – $45.00

Limited edition giclee print of original oil painting by Amanda Blake.

     

Fall For Your Walls-Art Finds on Farmhouse Soul“She Hoped For Something To Finally Break The Silence” – $30.00

Print of Amanda’s original oil painting.

                   

About The Artist-

Amanda Blake is a magical artist whose works are full of meaning. Working mainly in oil paint on wood, Amanda explores themes of love, fate and identity which shine through her images with her clever use of symbolism, superstition and narrative.

Her series of imaginary portraits on small wood blocks are enchanting in their simplicity and personality.

Amanda was born into a creative family of ceramics artists who traveled around the country selling their work at art and craft fairs. She realized at an early age that being an artist was what she wanted to do.

Amanda received a BA in fine arts from the University of Oregon. Furthermore, she studied watercolor in Siena, Italy and oil painting and print making at the Chautauqua Art Institute in New York. She currently lives in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Visit Amanda Blake’s websites –

Etsy Shop-

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thisisalliknow

Website-

http://www.amandablakeart.com/

Amanda’s blog-

http://amandablakeart.blogspot.com/

 

 Eye Poetry Photography on Etsy-Irene Suchocki

Fall For Your Walls-Art Finds From Farmhouse Soul Red Autumn Leaves, Paris – $30.00+

Paris Photography, Fall Photography, Fall Decor, Autumn in Paris Print,

Paris Window, Red Art, Wall Decor – Climbing the Walls.

Fall For Your Walls-Art Finds From Farmhouse SoulThree Shuttered Windows, Rome – $15.00+

 Rome Print, Italy Photography, Large Wall Art, Roman Architecture, Old Windows  Shutters

                    Photo, Rustic Italian Home Decor “Finestra”.

      

About The Artist-

Irene Suchocki has taken her photography from a part-time dabbler to a totally passionate full time fine art photography career. She launched her Etsy shop “Poetry for the Eyes” in 2007 and hasn’t looked back.

Irene’s love of traveling & nature inspire her work. She creates visual poems with her images by incorporating subtle color palettes. Her minimalist and serene compositions have a dreamlike aesthetic.

This talented photographic artist succeeds in touching on fond emotions and memories through her visually magical images.

Irene Suchocki’s photography has been featured by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Nate Berkus Show, Apartment Therapy, Daily Candy, Decor8, and Domino Magazine.

Her work has been exhibited at the San Diego Natural History Museum, The Sundance Film Festival, Galerie Sakura in Paris, and is in the ArtStar curated online art gallery. Additionally, her prints have been sold at West Elm, IKEA, Urban Outfitters, Target, and have been on display in Ralph Lauren stores.

Visit Irene’s Etsy shop-

https://www.etsy.com/shop/EyePoetryPhotography

Irene’s website-

http://www.irenesuchocki.com/

 

Amber Alexander on Etsy-Fall For Your Walls-Art Finds From Farmhouse SoulAutumn Day No. 5 – $35.00

landscape painting, abstract landscape painting, watercolor landscape, landscape print -Autumn Day No. 5 –

limited Edition Archival Print

 

Fall For Your Walls-Art Finds From Farmhouse Soul BlogAbstract Floral – $22.00

Abstract painting – Archival print of my Original watercolor and gouache painting.

 

About The Artist-

Amber lives in Middlesex, Vermont

Visit Amber’s Etsy shop-

https://www.etsy.com/shop/amberalexander

 

Flat Owl on Etsy-Fall For Your Walls-Art Finds From Farmhouse Soul Blog“Chained Birds”- $32.00+

 Mid century modern art, mid century modern, modern print, wall decor,

art prints, modern art, mid century, print, birds, birds art, gicleeFall For Your Walls-Art Finds From Farmhouse Soul BlogAutumn Landscape, Scandinavian Design – $9.33+

Landscape print, retro art print, autumn print, Scandinavian design,

foliage, autumn colors , landscape art, colorful art, autumn

About The Artist-

Alina P

Designer and owner of FLATOWL LTD.

Giclee prints – modern abstract geometric minimalist art.  Alina lives in London, England.

Visit Alina’s shops-

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FLATOWL

https://society6.com/FLATOWL

 

I hope you enjoy the first edition of Art Finds. If you like any of the prints featured in the post, I encourage you to visit the artists websites and explore all of their work.

These are not affiliate links, I don’t receive any money for promoting these artists.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

General Posts

Your Key To Success: Stop Chasing It

Want to know one of the best kept secrets?

Here it is…
If You Want Success: Stop Chasing It.
It’s not running away from you. So, why is there this trend to connect the act of “chasing” to things like dreams, success and change?

Breakin’ It Down

First, let’s break down what “chasing” means…that something or someone is running away from you, like maybe your new puppy. Dreams, success and change don’t run anywhere, they’re intangible. Besides, “chasing after” something never guarantees a successful outcome.

Still, there’s this romantic metaphysical illusion we conjure up when we think about chasing something our soul desires. It makes us sound like we’re busy on some meaningful quest to better our lives. Advertising agencies have tapped into this angle to sell us all kinds of stuff from cars to health supplements. Well friends, I call bullshit! Don’t buy it.

Stop with the harsh truth, is there a fairy tale version?

The things most of us want in life don’t involve a chase. They involve having the guts to do hard work, thoughtful planning, some trial and error, sweat equity, persistence and fearless determination. Time tested factors still essential to blazing your trail and getting to that exalted pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow. There it is.

So, don’t let yourself get suckered into believing that “chasing after” something is some relevant social or spiritual means to validate achieving what you want. You might find all you’re doing is chasing after your own tail.

General Posts, NICE

The Top 9 Benefits Of Being Nice vs. A Complete Jerk

Advatages of Being Nice-Farmhouse Soul blog post

Let’s Talk Nice. 

What happened to being nice? Lately there’s been an upsurge in degrading insults, pissed off rants and the absolute lack of respect or regard for any opinion that doesn’t mirror our own. And it’s not limited to political ideology, religion or social issues either. There is a stifling pervasive stench of nastiness. Intolerance and bullying are on the rise. To call it a pandemic might be an exaggeration. However, based on observations of posts and comments from various social and national media outlets, a fast growing number of folks think that “it’s OK to be mean”. Well, most of your mother’s would say “it’s not”. Somehow we need to regain our perspective on the bigger picture.

Reboot The Attitoot.

Here’s one suggestion. Let’s all take a big communal deep breath followed by a collective step back and regroup. Who can argue that showing compassion, respect and kindness toward your fellow human isn’t a good thing? But to be clear, being nice to others doesn’t mean being passive, weak or some kind of a cheap sunflower print doormat. Nice is about being understanding and empathetic yet assertive and strong. It’s about taking the stage while letting others bask in sharing the spotlight too. So, I’d like to offer up a few interesting but presently overlooked facts to the benefits of being NICE.

  1. Nice People Make More Money
    According to Professor Dacher Keltner, a scientist at the University of California-Berkeley, compassionate people, especially those who are able to read other people’s emotions and clearly communicate their own are not only healthier and happier, but also more popular, and even more successful at work. Turns out, nice people get more raises and promotions.
  2. When It Comes To Love, Nice People Are Luckier
    A study done at the University of Toronto found that people who are generally pleasant and friendly have one half the divorce rate of the general population.
  3. Nice People Are Healthier
    Ervin Staub, professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, found that nice people have fewer trips to the doctor. Also, a University of Michigan study found that older people who are charitable with their time have a 60 percent lower rate of pre-mature death than their selfish unhelpful peers (University of Michigan study). Live mean, die young. According to studies, everyone from the elderly to alcoholics saw their health improve if they did volunteer work.
  4. Showing Kindness Demonstrates Strength
    It is much more difficult to hold your tongue and speak supportively toward others, especially those who have wronged or mistreated you. Being kind is more challenging and more honorable.
  5. Nice People Spend Less Time in Court
    At the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, they found that doctors who have never been sued speak to their patients for an average of 3 minutes longer than physicians who have been sued twice or more. Just by being more empathetic, doctors might avoid malpractice suits altogether.
  6. Being Nice Feels Good
    Brain scans consistently show that acts of kindness register more like eating chocolate than, say, fulfilling an obligation. The same pleasure centers light up when we receive a gift as when we donate to charity. Neuroscientists sometimes refer to it as “the warm glow” effect.
  7. It’s The Right Thing To Do
    While being kind sometimes feels as though you are allowing meanness to go unnoticed or unchecked, it does not mean you’re allowing others to walk all over you. You are simply rising above in a different way.
  8. Being Mean Doesn’t Solve Anything.
    Being nice can diffuse a tense situation. It doesn’t matter if nothing is solved, at least you know you didn’t make it worse.
  9. Being Nice Makes Others Happy (and you too!)
    Maybe not right away, especially when the tip of your tongue is holding itself back from spewing your true feelings. At the end of the day, you can fall asleep easier knowing you didn’t say something you can’t take back.  You’ll have peace of mind reflecting back on how you offered kindness instead of unnecessary meanness.

    The Golden Rule Effect.

    The way you act towards others is a reflection on yourself. Your words or actions can last forever on others. Sometimes it doesn’t feel permanent to you, but to the other person, it could be everlasting. Surveys have shown people prefer to be known for being nice rather than a complete a**hole. It’s up to you. No doubt, some will say, “Yeah, well, I really don’t care what people think of me”. To those people I’d say… “This world is already difficult enough to navigate. So, pause and think the next time you’re about to unleash a slew of negativity, contempt, disdain or whatever else upon the rest of us . Go get some therapy, smoke some weed or somethin’ to fix the tude, dude. If you’re not gettin’ paid to be mean stop workin’ for free.” Yep, that’s what I’d say, if I could. Wait…I guess I just did.

General Posts

Farmhouse Soul’s Art & Designs on Society 6

Farmhouse Soul On Society 6

Open For Business!

Farmhouse Soul’s art & designs are on Society 6. What is Society 6 you ask? Well, for those of you who’ve never heard of it, let me enlighten you. Society 6 is a wonderful website that helps artists/designers promote and sell their work. Artists are able to have their original designs printed on a variety of products and sold from the designer’s own shop on the website.

Farmhouse Style and More

We’re incredibly excited to announce that our shop is finally open. Our focus is on art and design for everyone who loves farmhouse decorating, country, cottage and ranch styles. We use both original and *CC0 photo images that we digitally manipulate and enhance with effects and more. To take a look at a few of the fine art photographs and digital designs Farmhouse Soul is selling on Society 6, click here to take you to our page.

Because Quality Matters

We chose Society 6 to sell our designs. We researched various company’s products and printing process and were impressed with the quality Society 6 offers. If you click on the link at the bottom of this page it will take you directly to our shop page, there you can purchase Farmhouse Soul designs on a variety of products. We will be adding new photography and designs on a regular basis, so check in often and we hope you’ll find something you love! Thanks for your support.

*(Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes. They are in the public domain.)

 

To see our entire collection of art, photography and designs, click on the banner below to go directly to our shop.

Farmhouse Soul Designs on Society 6

If you have any questions please email us at farmhousesoul@gmail.com